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AYAH al-Isra` 17:76 

Arabic Source and Roman Transliteration
Arabic وَإِن كَادُوا لَيَسْتَفِزُّونَكَ مِنَ الْأَرْضِ لِيُخْرِجُوكَ مِنْهَا وَإِذًا لَّا يَلْبَثُونَ خِلَافَكَ إِلَّا قَلِيلًا zoom
Transliteration Wa-in kadoo layastafizzoonaka mina al-ardi liyukhrijooka minha wa-ithan la yalbathoona khilafaka illa qaleelan zoom
Transliteration-2 wa-in kādū layastafizzūnaka mina l-arḍi liyukh'rijūka min'hā wa-idhan lā yalbathūna khilāfaka illā qalīlan zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
 And indeed, they were about (to) scare you from the land, that they evict you from it. But then not they (would) have stayed after you except a little. zoom


Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad And [since they see that they cannot persuade thee,] they endeavour to estrange thee from the land [of thy birth] with a view to driving thee away from, it-but, then, after thou wilt have left, they themselves will not remain [in it] for more than a little while: zoom
M. M. Pickthall And they indeed wished to scare thee from the land that they might drive thee forth from thence, and then they would have stayed (there) but a little after thee. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) Their purpose was to scare thee off the land, in order to expel thee; but in that case they would not have stayed (therein) after thee, except for a little while. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) Their purpose was to scare thee off the land, in order to expel thee; but in that case they would not have stayed (therein) after thee, except for a little while. zoom
Shakir And surely they purposed to unsettle you from the land that they might expel you from it, and in that case they will not tarry behind you but a little. zoom
Wahiduddin Khan Indeed they came near to unsettling you, so that they might expel you from the land, but in that case they themselves would not have stayed on for very long after you. zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar They were about to hound thee from the region that they drive thee out of it. Then, they would not linger in expectation behind thee but for a little while. zoom
T.B.Irving They almost scare you off the earth, to exile you from it. Yet they would never survive you except for a short while. zoom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab They were about to intimidate you to drive you out of the land ˹of Mecca˺, but then they would not have survived after you ˹had left˺ except for a little while. zoom
Safi Kaskas And they stirred you up enough and almost succeeded in driving you away from the land, but had they succeeded, they would have remained only briefly after you were gone. zoom
Abdul Hye  And surely, they were about to frighten you so that they might drive you out from the land. But then they would not have stayed after you, except a little while. zoom
The Study Quran And they were about to incite thee from the land, in order to expel thee therefrom, whereupon they would not have tarried after thee, save a little— zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) And they nearly frightened you to drive you out of the land. But in that case, they would have shortly been destroyed after you were gone. zoom
Abdel Haleem They planned to scare you off the land, but they would not have lasted for more than a little while after you. zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi And verily they had well-nigh unsettled thee from the land that they might drive thee forth from thence. And in that case they would not have tarried after thee but a little while. zoom
Ahmed Ali They had nearly expelled you from the land and driven you away from it. But then, they too would have stayed but a little after you. zoom
Aisha Bewley They were very near to scaring you from the land with the object of expelling you from it. But had they done so they would only have remained there a short time after you. zoom
Ali Ünal Indeed they have sought to estrange you from the land (of your birth) and drive you from it; but then, they themselves will not remain there, after you, except a little while. zoom
Ali Quli Qara'i They were about to hound you out of the land, to expel you from it, but then they would not have stayed after you but a little. zoom
Hamid S. Aziz And they wished to scare you away from the land, to drive you forth there from; but then they would not have stayed after you except a little while. zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali And decidedly they were indeed almost about to startle you from the land, to drive you out of it; and they would have not lingered even to succeed you except a little. zoom
Muhammad Sarwar They try to annoy you so that they can expel you from the land. Had they been successful, no one would have been left behind except a few. zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani And they were likely to harass you in the land, so that they could expel you from there, and in that case, they will have not lived (there) after you, but a little. zoom
Shabbir Ahmed Since they saw that they could not persuade you, they wished to drive you out (of Madinah as well.) If they had done that, (they would have lost the stabilizing force of your presence), and would have annihilated one another in a short while. zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed And verily, their purpose was to frighten you so much as to drive you away from the Land; But in that case, they would not have stayed (therein) after you, except for a short time. zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) And indeed, they were about to drive you from the land to evict you therefrom. And then [when they do], they will not remain [there] after you, except for a little. zoom
Farook Malik They almost scare you off the land, to expel you from it. If they do so, they will not be able to stay here much longer after you. zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey They had stirred you up enough and had almost succeeded in driving you out of the land. If so, they too, had not stayed behind much longer. zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar And if they could, they would have surely frightened you (so much) from the place that they may drive you out from there. But in that case they would not stay (therein) after you, except for a little while. zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) They almost provoked you, to expel you from the land. In that case, they would not have lasted after you, except briefly. zoom
Maududi They were bent upon uprooting you from this land and driving you away from it. But were they to succeed, they would not be able to remain after you more than a little while. zoom
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad They almost enticed/scared you off the land to drive you out of it, and then they would have only stayed for a short while after you. zoom
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) Their purpose was to scare you off the land, in order to expel you, and they would not have stayed after you, except for a little. zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) And they nearly intimidated you so they could drive you out of the land. But then they would have been destroyed shortly after you were gone. zoom
Mohammad Shafi And, indeed, they wanted to make you unsettled in the land in order to drive you therefrom. And in that case they would not have lived there after you but a little. zoom

Controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works
Bijan Moeinian The disbelievers frightened you so much that you almost decided to flee. If it would have happened (as it happened a year later), they would not have stayed in power for a long time (as it took only eight years that Mohammad triumphantly returned to Mecca and after years everyone embraced Islam.) zoom
Faridul Haque And indeed it was close that they frighten you in the land for them to oust you from it - and if it were, they would not have stayed after you, but a little. zoom
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah They very nearly provoked you to drive you out of the land, but they would have only lingered for a little while after you. zoom
Maulana Muhammad Ali And surely they purposed to unsettle thee from the land that they might expel thee from it, and then they will not tarry after thee but a little. zoom
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira And if they were about to/almost to scare to drive you out from the land to bring/drive you out from it, and then they do not remain/wait behind you except little. zoom
Sher Ali And indeed they are near to scare thee to drive thee away from the land that they might expel thee therefrom, but in that case they themselves would not have stayed after thee save a little. zoom
Rashad Khalifa They almost banished you from the land to get rid of you, so they could revert as soon as you left. zoom
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi) And undoubtedly, it was near that they might startle you from this land so that they might oust, you therefrom and if it had been so, then they would not have stayed after you but a little. zoom
Amatul Rahman Omar They had spared nothing in unsettling you from the land (of Makkah), that they might drive you out from it. But in that case they (themselves) would not have stayed after you except for a little while. zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri And the disbelievers also sought to shake you off the land (of Mecca) so that they might banish you from here. (But had that supposedly happened) then they (themselves) would also not have stayed there but for a little while. zoom
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali And Verily, they were about to frighten you so much as to drive you out from the land. But in that case they would not have stayed (therein) after you, expcept for a little while. zoom

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry Indeed they were near to startling thee from the land, to expel thee from it, and then they would have tarried after thee only a little -- zoom
Edward Henry Palmer And they well-nigh enticed thee away from the land, to turn thee out therefrom; but then - they should not have tarried after thee except a little. zoom
George Sale The unbelievers had likewise almost caused thee to depart the land, that they might have expelled thee thence: But then should they not have tarried therein after thee, except a little while. zoom
John Medows Rodwell And truly they had almost caused thee to quit the land, in order wholly to drive thee forth from it: but then, themselves should have tarried but a little after thee. zoom
N J Dawood (2014) And they sought to provoke you ― they nearly did ― and thus drive you out of the land: and they then would have scarcely survived your departure. zoom

New and/or Partial Translations, and works in progress
Sayyid Qutb And they endeavour to scare you off the land with a view to driving you away. But, then, after you have gone, they will not remain there except for a short while. zoom
Ahmed Hulusi They were going to abuse you to drive you out of (Mecca)... And then they would have remained only a little (in the world) after you (they did this and were killed in the battle of Badr). zoom
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli And verily they were about to startling you from the land so as to expel you from it; and then, they would not have tarried after you but a little. zoom
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim They were resolved to impel you to the feeling of fear to make you resolve to quit the land and depart from Macca. But then they would have been allowed to remain only for a short while to come to the end of their rope wherefore We vanquish them and reduce them into a useless form. zoom
Mir Aneesuddin And they were about to unsettle you from the land, so as to drive you out of it, and in that case they would not have stayed (therein) after you, except for a little while. zoom

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